FAQs

* Please note this page was written before the road opened in December 2015 - we have kept it on the website for interest *

Full FAQ

What happens next?

Please see the construction schedule page to view timings for the project.

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What is happening to the Milber and Aller Park Bus Stops?

Currently there are four pairs of bus stops on the A380 between Penn Inn and Aller Road; these are located at Penn Inn Roundabout, at the Milber Steps, at Aller Brake Road and at Aller Cottages.

The stops at Penn Inn will remain once the scheme is constructed, but as the new dual carriageway is on the same line as the existing A380, the stops at Milber Steps, Aller Brake Road and Aller Cottages will be lost. Bus stops on the new A380 cannot be provided because there is no width available to provide bus lay-bys or to provide ramps and steps for the pedestrian footbridges that would be needed to access stops on the north bound carriageway.

This is not a new development; loss of these stops has been a consequence of all the scheme proposals since the early 1990s. In order to mitigate their loss, planning permission included the facility for Service 12 buses to serve Milber and Aller Park by using Addison Road as a bus route.

During the planning application process there was strong opposition to this proposal and so a further review was undertaken in May 2006.

The outcome of this review was to remove the controversial Addison Road bus route proposal and improve the local bus service 174, which routes through Milber and Aller Park and serves Newton Abbot and Kingskerswell. This service will be improved from the current off peak only service, to a 7am to 7pm service. This would provide direct access to Newton Abbot and Kingskerswell and also offer an easy transfer to the Service 12 at coincident bus stops.

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Will the 12 bus still run on its present route or will it be on the bypass?

The bus stops will remain at the Penn Inn Roundabout and the No 12 bus will run a combination of the new A380 and current A380 route. Travelling from the direction of Newton Abbot, it will use Penn Inn roundabout bus stop and then join the new A380 to Aller, before leaving the new A380 to rejoin the old A380 through Kingskerswell.  The return trip through Kingskerswell will then use the new Aller junction to access the new A380 through to Penn Roundabout.

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Why will the Penn Inn Flyover not have dual lanes?

This layout is not a recent change; it has been a feature of the scheme since the fundamental corridor study review was undertaken in 1999/2000. It was included in the scheme, taken though the public consultation in 2002 and subsequently the planning application in November 2004 after which planning permission was granted in August 2005.  It also formed a key part of the evidence provided to the Inspector at the Public Inquiry.

The reason for adopting this layout is not immediately obvious, as it is based upon the total traffic flows and turning flows at the junction, both once the scheme is open and further into the future.

The key thing to note is that of all the current A380 south bound traffic, just over 50% leaves the A380 at Penn Inn junction towards either Newton Abbot or Shaldon.  The same is true for north bound traffic, where just under 50% leaves the A380 at Penn Inn.  These flows may change as traffic levels grow in the future, but they can still be accommodated on a flyover with a single lane in each direction.

This has other hidden benefits; it allows both the north and south bound on slip roads to have their own dedicated lane where they join the A380.  Given the high traffic flows on these slip roads, with traffic joining the A380 from Newton Abbot and Shaldon Road, the single lane option greatly assists the merging of these flows.  This is especially helpful in the south bound direction towards Torbay where, because of the proximity of the new Aller Junction, an additional south bound lane on the dual carriageway would otherwise be required.  This would not only add cost, but also significant and unjustifiable additional land acquisition affecting the adjacent properties.

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Why is there only provision for two lanes on the proposed flyover at the Penn Inn?

The extensive traffic modelling carried out during the preparation of the scheme has shown that approximately half of the vehicles travelling south on the A380 leave the road at the Penn Inn roundabout.  A similar number join the A380 at Penn Inn to make the journey to Torbay.  As such, the section over the Penn Inn roundabout has the lowest flow of any part of the link road.

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Why isn’t there provision for a third lane on Hamelin Way?

The queuing currently experienced by traffic on Hamelin Way is generated due to the need to give way to the large flows exiting Torquay on Riviera Way at the Kerswell Gardens roundabout. This will be removed in the new scheme - the traffic on Hamelin Way will have unimpeded access onto the link road.

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Will traffic lights and filter junctions be positioned at the bottom of Hamelin Way?

Traffic wishing to continue on to Torquay via Riviera Way will have the benefit of traffic lights rather than having to give way to the dominant flow. The junction has been designed to deal with the future traffic flows, minimising queuing time.

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Why are you chopping down trees? Are you planting new trees?

The South Devon Link Road Project Team removed a number of trees between February and March 2013, to allow the bypass to be constructed, as the trees are positioned along the planned route of the new road.

We do realise that the visual impact of the site clearance and removal of large trees along the route  caused some concern.

We would like to reassure the community that the trees were not cut down unnecessarily.

Natural England and the Environment Agency approved all the measures we took and are satisfied they met their requirements.

Removal of these trees was carried out before nesting season, and if any nests were discovered, these trees were left alone until the nests were empty.

The scheme provides:

  • 3.5km (2.2 miles) of new and translocated hedges.
  • 100 new specimen trees.
  • 15.5ha (38.3 acres) of new woodland, woodland edge planting and scrub.

Site clearance resulted in the loss of:

  • 5.5km (3.4 miles) of field hedges and 0.44km (0.27 miles) of garden hedges.
  • 70 mature individual trees.
  • 1.1ha  (2.7 acres) of woodland.
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What steps you are taking to minimise traffic noise?

The Contractor, Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd, is currently in the design phase for this design and build construction contract, so at this stage we do not have the final pavement design proposals.

However, in line with the commitments given to use low noise road surfacing the contract specification requires the Contractor to use the following:  The road / tyre noise level of the surface course shall be Level 2 [Road Surface Index (RSI) value of -2.5dB(A)]. The reduction of 2.5dB(A) shall be stated on the British Board of Agrément HAPAS Roads and Bridges Certificates for the surfacing used.

It should also be noted that as a result of the value engineering work undertaken to reduce the scheme cost for the final bidding stage to the Government, we removed the metre hard strips from the carriageway construction and reduced the speed limit on the route to 50mph.  This speed reduction will have a significant impact on reducing noise levels when compared to those predicted previously.

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What are the impacts of these changes?

The revised scheme will continue to meet the objectives set out by the original scheme in terms of economy, transport and environment. It is able to do this by delivering the scheme in a series of phases which will be developed as the traffic flows increase in the coming years.

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How much is the link road costing, and who is paying for it?

The total cost of the development is estimated to be £110m. The Department for Transport has paid £76.39m towards the project. The balance is being shared equally between Torbay Council and Devon County Council, with Teignbridge District Council making a £500k contribution.

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What are the benefits of the new link road?

The new link road will bring a host of benefits – environmental, economic and social.
The main benefit will be the easing of congestion along one of the busiest routes in the South West. 
Travellers will be able to enjoy a more predictable, shorter travelling time between Newton Abbot and Torquay - it is anticipated that this willincrease commercial activity.  Companies wishing to invest in an area of high unemployment will be able to rely on better links with the rest of the South West and the M5 motorway connection.  It is estimated this may lead to the creation of up to 8,000 jobs.
You can read more about the benefits of the scheme by looking at http://www.southdevonlinkroad.co.uk/about-us/benefits

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Will there be any street lighting along the dual carriageway?

Only within 100m of any junctions or roundabouts.  There will be no street lighting on the flyover.

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Will it make much difference to the present A380?

Traffic monitoring and modelling predict that it will remove over 90% of the vehicles currently using the existing A380 through Kingskerswell. This will change the character of the village and for this reason Devon County Council is already undertaking a period of consultation to determine how to make the most of the new quieter regime for the benefit of residents, pedestrians and road users. With less traffic using the present A380, a reduced speed limit and other measures may be appropriate to encourage drivers to reduce their speed along this quieter stretch of road.

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What was the significance of the different coloured pegs which could be seen in the early phases?

The red pegs indicated the centre line of the new link road, and the blue pegs denoted the boundary fence lines.

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The A380 is already heavily congested. Are you going to scale down roadworks over the busy summer?

Haul roads are being built to keep as much construction traffic as possible off the A380 and the construction programme will continue throughout the year.  Capacity should not be affected as the existing single lanes in each direction will be kept open at all times between 07.00 and 18.30 on Mondays to Saturdays. Any works which may affect travellers, will be scheduled to avoid particularly busy periods such as bank holiday weekends.  Roadworks will be publicised through the local press, local radio and on the South Devon Link Road website as well as advance roadside notification.  The delays road users are currently experiencing are due to the A380 being one of the busiest roads in the South West and not a consequence of constructing the link road.

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What are the attenuation ponds I can see on the link road map?

Because part of the project goes through a flood plain with many streams and water courses, these ponds will act as retention ponds in the event of high rainfall. They will temporarily hold excess water which will then be released slowly into existing drainage channels, and at the same time will provide a habitat for wildlife.

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When you construct the Penn Inn flyover will the underpass be closed to pedestrians?

The underpass at the Penn Inn will remain open. During construction, there will be times when pedestrians will need to be diverted via a different route through the underpass, but access will always be available when deemed safe.

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What is going to happen to the palm tree feature at the bottom of Hamelin Way?

When the new Edginswell Junction opens it will replace the roundabout at the bottom of Hamelin Way, so the island will go.  The intention is to find a space for the palm to be planted within the new junction.  The tree is still in a pot so it can be easily transplanted.  It is hoped space will be found for the ‘Welcome to the English Riviera’ sign as well, and designs are underway to create a gateway to Torbay appearance in this area.

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When the road is completed will it still be possible to walk between Kingskerswell and Penn Inn?

There is no provision for walking along the new road, as it is a dual carriageway. We are constructing new cycle ways and footpaths between Aller and Penn Inn, but if you wish to walk from Kingskerswell to Newton, you will still be able to do so by following the current A380 as you do now. One benefit from the link road construction is that this road will be considerably quieter and the air quality will be far better than it is now.

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